Subaru of America announced a small price increase and six new safety features on the 2021 Ascent 3-Row family hauler. The 2021 Subaru Ascent is available in Base ($32,295 +$300), Premium ($34,795 +400), Limited ($39,595 +$250), and Touring ($45,445 +400) trims. Prices do not include a $1,010 destination and delivery fees.
What is the difference between the 2020 and the 2021 Ascent?
The Subaru Ascent is in its third year of production and gets a few safety updates over the 2020 model. Subaru added six new safety features for the 2021 model change. The family hauler now comes with advanced adaptive cruise control with lane-centering and lane keep assist.
All Ascent trim levels are now equipped with steering responsive LED headlights with high beam assist for improved nighttime visibility. This should help the 2021 Ascent get a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The other new safety feature is the second- and third-row seat belt reminder. It gives an audible and visual warning if the seatbelt has not been fastened as the vehicle accelerates from a stop.
What is the best Ascent model? If you don’t need leather seats, the Premium trim hits the sweet spot for many 3-Row SUV shoppers.
The 2021 Ascent Premium priced at $34,795 features standard all-wheel-drive, X-Mode, EyeSight driver assist safety tech and unique spill-repellent cloth upholstery. It gets upgrades for families like the all-weather package with heated exterior mirrors and heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icer.
Options on the Premium trim include second-row captain chairs, 20-inch wheels in a dark gray machine finish, and a power rear gate with height memory. Keyless access with push-button start, auto-dimming rearview compass mirror, panoramic moonroof, navigation, and a stow-able cargo cover are other features families can opt for.
Customers can load up the Ascent Premium trim with features and still keep the family hauler under $40,000.
If you want a bit more luxury, the Limited trim ($39,595) comes with leather seats, a 10-way power driver seat, second-row retractable sunshades, two additional USB charging ports, and heated second-row seating and a heated steering wheel.
The 2021 Subaru Ascent is built in America at the Subaru plant in Lafayette, Indiana. The updated Ascent should arrive later this summer.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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